Getting ahead with "Last-Minute" Christmas Cake
Asked on 7 Nov 2018 by Ruthie
I usually do Delia's rich fruit cake recipe for Christmas but this year have decided to try her 'last minute' mincemeat cake. Just wondering how 'last minute' it really is and how well it keeps. Is 7 weeks too soon to make it? Without thinking, I've started soaking the dried fruits and wonder if I should leave them for a week before making the cake?!
It will keep like a classic Christmas cake.
Feeding it with a little brandy every couple of weeks will help and keep it wrapped in an airtight tin in a cool dark place.
The reason it is ‘last-minute’ is because the mincemeat gives it a matured flavour when you really have left it to the last moment.